MIDDLETOWN, Conn.--(2/27/12)--Coast Guard Academy freshman Nate Giorgio was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler and the Rookie of the Year at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships as he won the 125 pound weight class by winning all five matches.
Giorgio began the tournament with a pair of major decisions, 16-0 and 15-0 before recording his ninth pin of the season in 3:47 to earn a spot in the winners' bracket final.
He matched up against Brandon Gauthier from Rhode Island College, the defending champion, and beat him 4-1 to earn a spot in the championship match.
Gauthier came back out of the losers' bracket to face Giorgio again and Nate won 10-1 to win the championship.
Giorgio, who has been the #1 wrestler in New England at 125 pounds all season improved to 30-6 on the season and will now prepare for the NCAA Division III Championship at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on March 9th and 10th. The winner of every weight class at the New England Championships gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
He is the first New England champion from Coast Guard since Chris Fertig did it three straight years (1999-2001) at 165 pounds.
Coast Guard also won the Sportsmanship Award as a team.
March 23, 2012 Giorgio Named D3Wrestle.com Freshman of the Year
March 10, 2012 Giorgio Earns All America Honors
February 27, 2012 Giorgio Named Most Outstanding and Rookie of the Year
February 26, 2012 Giorgio Wins N.E. Championship to Lead Bears
February 11, 2012 Taylor Wins Three in Final Dual Meets of Season
February 10, 2012 Giorgio Brothers Lead Bears to Split
February 5, 2012 Bears Top DIII Team at All-Academy Championships
January 28, 2012 Bears Win One of Three at NEWA-Metro Duals
January 22, 2012 Nate Giorgio Wins Three More
January 18, 2012 Bears Drop Pair at Southern Maine
January 14, 2012 Bears Split; Get First Win of Season
January 11, 2012 Bears Blanked at Merchant Marine
December 7, 2011 Bears Drop Dual Meet Opener
December 3, 2011 Giorgio Wins 125 Weight Class at York
November 21, 2011 Giorgio Named Pilgrim Rookie of the Week
November 19, 2011 Giorgio Places 2nd at Springfield
November 14, 2011 Giorgio Named NEWA Rookie of the Week
November 12, 2011 Giorgio Wins 125 Class; Named Outstanding Lightweight
November 5, 2011 Six Bears Place at Messiah Invitational